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JFCC STATEMENT ON KILLING OF AL JAZEERA JOURNALIST SHIREEN ABU AKLEH

Fri, 13 May 2022

The Jakarta Foreign Correspondents’ Club (JFCC) strongly condemns the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and calls for an independent investigation into her death.

Abu Akleh was a distinguished broadcast news journalist, with a career in television spanning almost three decades.
The 51-year-old journalist was wearing a helmet as well as a protective vest with the word “PRESS” clearly marked, when she was shot dead while reporting in the West Bank city of Jenin.

Ali al-Samudi, a Palestinian journalist working as a producer for Al Jazeera, was also wounded in the attack.

Journalists who witnessed the shooting described it as a deliberate killing by Israeli forces and the Al Jazeera Media Network has accused troops of assassinating the reporter “in cold blood”.

The Israeli military said it was “investigating the event and looking into the possibility that the journalists were hit by the Palestinian gunmen”. However, witnesses dispute this claim.

Reporters Without Borders has labelled the killing as a “serious violation of the Geneva Conventions and UN Security Council Resolution 2222 on the protection of journalists”.

The JFCC condemns violence against all media workers and offers its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Shireen Abu Akleh and her colleagues at Al Jazeera.